Could the Katrina disaster have been averted?

An article (link below) by Mark Fischetti in the October 2001 issue of Scientific American talks about the Coast 2050 project, which would have prevented this disaster if it had been funded and executed. Very very sad. (Via NYTimes, Scripting News).  The ever-amazing Wikipedia has some excellent coverage including the link to the Scientfic American article.

Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans [ CIVIL ENGINEERING ]
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city